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Saint Sixtus II and Companions

Pontius, a biographer, writes that Saint Sixtus was a “good and peaceable priest” who became pope in the year 257, succeeding Stephen I. That same year, persecution of Christians began under Emperor Valerian.

Saint Sixtus II and Companions

Pontius, a biographer, writes that Saint Sixtus was a “good and peaceable priest” who became pope in the year 257, succeeding Stephen I. That same year, persecution of Christians began under Emperor Valerian.

The next year, Sixtus and several of his deacons were put to death in a catacomb where they celebrated Mass. Sixtus offered himself to prevent the arrest of others and was beheaded while speaking to the assembly. Four deacons were then martyred, followed by two others later that day.

Sixtus was buried in the papal tomb where he met his death, but his relics were moved centuries later to the church of Saint Sixtus, where they remain and are venerated still.

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